Our Purpose in Kenya
WHP works to bring essential healthcare to women, children, and families in rural Kenya, including care to see women safely through pregnancy, childbirth, and their reproductive lives as well as important pediatric care for young children and babies.
In Kenya, an average of 200 children younger than five and 90 newborns die each day, many of them from preventable and treatable diseases. Women, too, are at risk: 17 Kenyan women die every day from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
A woman entrepreneur at a rural location in Homa Bay County facilitates a tele-consultation with a city doctor. The system requires only a data-capability activated 2G SIM card and can collect and communicate vital parameters to the remote medical personnel.
Delivering Essential Healthcare to Women & Children
In rural Kenya, where villages are spread out and reaching a doctor may be time-consuming and expensive, WHP is building a telemedicine-enabled network to bring accessible healthcare to families.
In 2015, WHP made a formal commitment as a part of the Every Woman Every Child campaign to reach eight million women and children in rural Kenya over five years with maternal, newborn, and child healthcare services.
WHP’s networks rely on local entrepreneurs, who are recruited and trained to become our Service Delivery Providers. They are equipped with basic SIM card-powered devices to offer community members a way to share vital medical parameters with networked doctors, including blood pressure and pulse readings, stethoscope sounds, blood counts, fetal sounds, cardiac signals, and temperature.
The network is used for consultations, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, moving medications, getting test results, and timely referrals to higher levels of care when needed.
Phase I (2014): Kisumu and Siaya Counties
WHP launched a trial project in collaboration with a Kenyan NGO in July 2014 and networked 93 community health volunteers. After jointly running the project until it was stabilized, WHP handed over responsibility to the NGO, limiting its role to providing technical assistance.
Phase II (2015): Homa Bay County
In June 2015, WHP launched its own Sky franchisee network of rural centers in Homa Bay County under a memorandum of understanding signed with the county’s health ministry. By end of January 2016, WHP has nineteen centers, all owned by woman entrepreneurs drawn from the communities, each making a front-end investment ranging between USD 1,200 and USD 1,500. Following extensive training, all centers are up and running, with connections to a virtual medical facility based in WHP’s Kisumu office. More than 600 tele-consultations have been successfully completed so far.
Other than the existing 19 Sky entrepreneurs, WHP is currently creating, with support from the Pfizer Foundation, three nurse centers in Homa Bay County. Each nurse center will have an electronic system with the ability to facilitate consultations between rural patients and city based doctors. The system helps the remote doctors obtain vital parameters to help improve quality of consultations. The parameters include blood pressure instrument, cardiogram, pulse oximeter, glucometer, haemoglobin meter, foetal Doppler and stethoscope. There are options to add more diagnostic tools, as the situation requires.
Future Expansion: Kakamega and Migori Counties
WHP welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other partners to implement its Every Woman Every Child commitment in rural Kenya. For more information, please contact Akhilesh Sharma, WHP Kenya Program Lead, email@example.com.
Government Engagement in Kenya
In Kenya, WHP has worked in close collaboration and with the dedicated support of Ministries of Health from Siaya, Homa Bay, and Kakamega Counties. Officials from all of these offices signed letters of support for WHP’s commitment to Every Woman Every Child. Over the next five years, WHP will be acting on its commitment to reach eight million women and children with the support of the Ministry of Health and the government’s primary health care services.